Decking the Halls with Comfort and Joy Christmas Album

Comfort & Joy Christmas Album

Christmas is going to feel a lot different this year.

Instead of large family gatherings, we’ll be keeping it simple.

Sharing a little Holiday Encoragement

This year, the Eileen Hull teams got together and decided to celebrate the Holidays by creating

Comfort and Joy Albums and asked the Eileen Hull Facebook Fan Club to join along.

For my album, I choose the theme Decking the Halls.

You can find the Eileen Hull Facebook Fan Club Page here.

My Comfort and Joy Album uses the Eileen Hull Journal Die* and papers and embellishments

from Simple Stories Simple Vintage North Pole Collection*.

Instead of giving you a tutorial on how I made the album, I’ve decided to explain the inspiration

behind the album and share with you how I decorate my home for Christmas.

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Because my family won’t be together this Christmas, I’ve asked my daughter and daughter in law to send me Christmas pictures for my album.  I will have a family album filled with Christmas Memories.

I also come from a large extended family, which usually gets together for a big Christmas party.  I’ll be honest, the thought of missing all these celebrations makes me a little sad.

While making my album, I got the inspiration to take this weekend and drop off small gifts to my siblings.  I’ll be able to take a few porch pictures of the families and get my much-needed family fix.

Decking the Halls

When it comes to decorating the outside, I like to keep it simple.  We wrap twinkle lights around the large bush by our lamp post and hang icicle lights on the upper balcony.

Sprucing Up with Holiday Greens

I cut pine branches from the large pine tree in the yard and spruce up my pots with Holiday greens.

The Front Door

The front door has a simple wreath and a decorated sled.

The Christmas Tree

A few years ago, I got this frosted tree and absolutely love it.  I keep it simple with a red and white theme.  (I only use a fraction of the ornaments I’ve collected throughout the years)

Bookish Gnomes

While working on the decorations, I moved these gnomes on top of the books because my little pup thought they were dog toys.  I liked the way they looked, so I kept them there.

The Mantle

In my Dining Room, I have a large fireplace, which I decorated the mantle with a few of my Santa’s from my Santa Collection.

My Santa Collection

I’ve got Vintage Santas, Skiing Santas, Golfing Santas, and Toymaking Santas.  I scatter them randomly around the house.

Keeping it Simple

I would love to one day have a fully styled house for the Holidays.  Instead, I keep it simple.

I create small vignettes around the house to make it feel festive and homey.


Even my sweet little pup, fresh from the groomers, matches my decorations.

Dexter and I would like to wish you all a Happy Holidays filled with Comfort and Joy.

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Holiday DIY with Old Kitchen Hardware


I have this old jar of assorted hardware on my shelf in my workshop.

I keep it just in case.  (Why you ask?)

Because I’m a “you never know” type of crafter.


I had picked up a bag of old kitchen hardware at a garage sale a couple years ago

for fifty cents and used it on a few projects and even made a couple of ornaments.

(you can see them here)

While it may be too late for you to make this year…

it’s an idea that you can put away on the shelf, so to speak, for next year.


Here’s how I made my ornament…

After disassembling the hardware, I spray painted the base plate cream.

What a difference spray paint makes.


I added silver around the edge using a  Chisel Point Calligraphy Paint Marker, Silver*    (*affiliate link)


I used the small hole at the top of the hardware plate to string red and white twine.

I embellished it with a glitter berry cut from a glitter berry sprig (see previous picture)

wrapped around a small craft pine stem to form a small swag.

I glued the pine swag and small red and white bow to the hardware with

Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry.*

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I painted a small wood snowflake, found at the craft store, with silver acrylic paint and added

the “let it snow” sticker from Small Talk Stickers by Tim Holtz Idea-ology*.

I added a small red pearl to cover the bottom hole in the hardware and glued the

snowflake on top.


A quick and easy upcycled ornament for the Christmas Tree.

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How to make a Christmas Tree in a Bottle Necklace


How to make a Christmas Tree in a Bottle Necklace

I got this idea from a project I’d seen made by Tim Holtz.  Of course, I had to find a cheaper way to make it.  I’ve seen small bottles like these at Hobby Lobby with the jewelry supplies.  (I got mine online.)

Very Important…Make sure the base of the tree is small enough to fit in the top of the bottle.

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  1. Squirt several drops of peeled paint ink* into the mini mister* and dilute it with water.
  2. Place a bleached bottle brush tree onto a protective surface.  Generously spray the tree with the diluted ink.  (You may want to wear rubber gloves.  I took 3 days until the ink came entirely off my fingers.)
  3. After the tree is dry, rub glitter glue* onto the tree.  Allow glitter glue to fully dry before continuing.
  4. Apply a small bit of all-purpose adhesive* onto the end of the Q-tip.  Insert the Q-tip into the bottle and add the glue to the bottom center of the bottle.
  5. Using the reverse grip tweezers, insert the tree into the bottle, and stick onto the glue.
  6. Pour glitter or micro beads into the bottle.
  7. Add a thin layer of adhesive around the side of the cork and place it back into the bottle.
  8. Screw a loop screw onto the top of the cork and add a necklace.

If you’re feeling a little funky…how about making your tree pink or purple? 

If you liked the Christmas Tree in a Bottle here’s another project you might like.

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How to Make Wood Slice Snowmen


What to do with a basket of Wood Slices*

This past summer, when my husband was trimming the old pine tree,

I asked him to save a few logs from the branches.

I wasn’t sure then what I was planning to make but I knew I wanted to save some just in case.


I asked my husband to cut wood slices out of the smaller logs using a circular saw.

If you don’t have access to a pine log or don’t feel like cutting Wood Slices*

you can also purchase them online.

For those of you who don’t want to cut your own Wood Slices*.

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Make sure to double check sizes before ordering.


I picked out four wood slices of varying sizes.


I laid out the wood slices to determine placement of how I wanted them to go together.

I drilled small holes on the end of the wood slices with a fine drill bit approx. 1/4-1/2″ into the

end of the wood.


Using small dowel rods or bamboo skewers for reinforcement,  I inserted the rods into the

holes with a squirt of DecoArt Americana Wood Glue*.  (*affiliate link)

Each wood slice has a small wood dowel piece in between to hold the snowman together.



Once the wood slice snowman was completely dry and stable,

I drilled a hole in the center of the largest wood slice to use as my base.

The Snowman is attached to the base using a small dowel and wood glue*.


To decorate the snowman…

  • Cut a piece of flannel slightly larger than the area around the head.
  • Fold and glue a small cuff using Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive*.
  • Glue the ends of the flannel together to create a tall “tube”.
  • Glue tube onto the top of the Wood Slice Snowman’s head,
  • Tie the top of the tube with a piece of string or thread.
  • Trim and fringe the excess fabric on the top of the tube to make it look like a hat tassel.
  • Cut a longer 1″ wide piece of flannel to tie around the neck of the snowman.  Don’t forget to fringe the ends.


To make a Reindeer Wood Slice Ornament…

  1. Paint the center of the wood slice with black chalkboard paint.
  2. Paint the reindeer cut out with silver acrylic paint.
  3. Glue reindeer onto wood slice with quick dry glue.
  4. Glue glitter holly berries embellishment onto reindeer.
  5. I used a push pin to start a small hole on the end of the wood slice.
  6. Screw a loop screw into the hole and add a ribbon to hang.

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Reindeer Star Card


Impress your friends and family this Holiday…

with a gatefold card that looks a lot harder than it really is.

This may not be a beginner card for some, but, I promise it really is not hard.

A few layers and a few simple steps and you’ll be done in no time.

The supply list may seem long…

but you can easily adapt the card with supplies you have on hand.


This is what I Used to make the Reindeer Star Card:                                           (*affiliate link)


  1. Cut a piece of cream cardstock 7 1/2″ x 5″.  Score and fold on the 2 1/2″ mark to create a 5″ x 5″ card base with flap.
  2. Cut a piece of red patterned paper 2 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ and adhere to the front of the flap.
  3. Cut a 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ piece of light green patterned paper and adhere onto the bottom of the red patterned paper.  Repeat for the inside flap.
  4. Cut a piece of dark green patterned paper 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Adhere to the inside of the card.
  5. Cut a piece of red plaid paper 2 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ and adhere onto the bottom of the dark green patterned paper.
  6. Add a strip of thin washi tape to the seam of the patterned papers.
  7. Apply White and Gold Foil washi tape to a piece of white cardstock.reindeer-star-card-creating-a-washi-tape-background-sues-creative-workshop
  8. Cut two medium washi tape stars using the star die and Big Shot Cutting/Embossing Machine*.reindeer-star-card-cutting-the-star-dies-sues-creative-workshop
  9. Cut two larger stars from the gold metallic cardstock.reindeer-star-card-opened-sues-creative-workshop
  10. Adhere the first star halfway onto the flap (with the other half hanging over)  Adhere second star directly onto the back of the first star.
  11. Adhere medium washi tape stars onto the middle of the large gold stars.
  12. Cut one small gold cardstock and mount it to the middle of the front washi tape star with thin 3D foam mounting squares.reindeer-star-card-close-up-sues-creative-workshop
  13. Add small “white stag” dimensional sticker to center of the smallest star.  Add a small red adhesive rhinestone to the tip of the stags nose.
  14. Adhere a piece of gold cardstock onto the Stick It Adhesive Sheets*.  Die cut the words “Merry Christmas” using the Christmas Phrases die and stick onto card.
  15. Tie a thin gold ribbon around the flap with a small gold jingle bells and you’re done.

Finished Size:  5” x 5”  (may take additional postage to mail)


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Making More Sock Snowmen

It looks like everyone’s in love with making sock snowman.

They’re really easy to make, with so many ways to add personality

And…I just can’t seem to stop making these cute little guys.

This year, to add to the mix,  I decided to create a Snow family.

Mom, Dad, a couple kids, all made from socks.

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Here’s how I made my Snowman:

  1. Tea dye a new white sock, crew length or bigger.  Or if you have boys you could use one of their dingy ones.  (It’s better not to use a sock with the grey toe and heel.)
  2. Cut the top of the sock off, right around the heel.
  3. Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber-band tightly around the top of the sock.  Because rubber bands wear out with time, I added a good squirt of Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive* in and around the rubber band.  (I left the rubber band on)
  4. Turn the sock right side out and fill sock about 1/2 way with rice.
  5. Fill the remaining portion of the sock with fiber-fill.
  6. Wrap a piece of twine or string tightly around the top of the sock to close the sock.
  7. Tie a piece of twine about 1/3 down around sock to create the head.
  8. I used mini black buttons for his eyes, the tip of a bamboo skewer colored orange for his nose and a simple sewn black thread for his mouth.  I purchased a small felt hat from JoAnn’s Fabrics for Dad’s hat.  I added a band around the hat using a small folded piece of flannel.
  9.  For the flannel hat… Cut a piece of flannel that will go around the head of the snowman.  Create a band on the hat by adding and gluing a fold on the long end of the flannel.  Glue flannel together to create a “tube”.  Allow to fully dry.  Glue onto snowman.  Tie top of the tube with twine to create hat. Trim if needed.
  10. Dress with Snowman with part of an old sock.  Add a couple of buttons for added detail.  A  fringed piece of fabric works great for the scarf.
  11. For the kids… I used the left over piece of sock from the original snowman to create a smaller version.


And because I’m really into Red Buffalo Plaid again this year…

I made this cute little Snow Couple too.

The Snowmen measure approximately 7 1/2″ .

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Christmas Tree Card


Although I don’t always send a ton of handmade Christmas cards out, I do enjoy making them.

The Christmas Tree card was made using paper and stickers from Paper House Productions.

I love how the playful plaids blend perfectly together to form a Traditional Christmas feel

in this layered card.  Enjoy!  (makes me feel like singing “O’ Christmas Tree…”)


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  1. Cut a 4 1/2″ x 6″ piece of “red flannel” paper.  Hold the edge of the paper against the nib of the gold calligraphy marker to add a thin gold border on the edge of the paper.  Adhere the red flannel layer onto a 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ piece of black cardstock.
  2. Adhere the red flannel and black layers onto a 5″ x 6 1/2″ green card base.
  3. Cut the “deck the halls” paper (green plaid) using the “labels twenty two” die.  Add a thin gold border around the edge of the label like in step #1.  Adhere the green plaid label onto a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ gold metallic cardstock layer.
  4. Cut a decorative square using the “captivating square” die and a piece of green cardstock.  Adhere the green plaid label and gold metallic square onto the top of the decorative square.
  5. Adhere the green and gold layers onto the bottom portion on the red flannel layer, leaving even spacing on the bottom three sides.
  6. Assemble the pine swag  using the 3D stickers and glue onto the top of the card.  (picture below)
  7. Finish embellishing the front of the card with the 3D Christmas Tree sticker and a couple of red adhesive rhinestones.


This card was created for and sponsored by Paper House Productions.


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DIY…”Merry” Canvas

Make the holidays “Merry” with this mini decorated canvas.

Create frosty, glittery goodness with this fun mini canvas project.

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  • Wrap twine around canvas and embellish with jingle bells, greenery and bow.

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Holiday Centerpiece or Party Serving Stand


Tis the season for Holiday Parties and decorating…

around my house, it’s starting to kick in full steam.

Instead of stressing out, I try to create items with more than one purpose.

My Holiday Centerpiece also works wonderful as a Party Serving Stand.


I started with a Deflecto 3 Tier Dessert Stand* (affiliate link),

wrapping paper, glue stick and cutting mat.


  • I traced around all three of my circles onto the back of the wrapping paper.
  • Apply the glue stick generously around and inside the circle.  Lay circle onto wrapping paper and smooth out any air bubbles.  (The nice thing about using wrapping paper and a glue stick is that you can easily remove the paper and glue by soaking stand in warm water.)
  • Trim around circle and inside channels using a craft knife and cutting mat.


  • Glue lace around the outside of each circle and assemble stand.


Add ribbon and holly berries and you’re ready for a party.


Or add small ornaments and decorations for a fun Holiday Centerpiece.

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